Hello Any other fellow nurses or people in healthcare who have ADHD? What’s your experience been like/what strategies do you use to be at your best in a job that doesn’t allow much room for error?
I’m a 20 year old new RN who was recently diagnosed with inattentive type and put on Adderall. With meds and strategies from Jessica’s videos, my life has changed so much for the better over the past few weeks. I feel so much less stressed that I’m going to forget something important and I’ve been able to switch to a med/surg+step down adaptable floor that is much more conducive to my brain at this point in my career/life. It’s interesting enough to keep my brain engaged but also pretty structured in terms of what a “typical” shift looks like. And because some of the patients are step down, usually I won’t get more than five, even on nights, which is way better for me than say, eight patients in terms of the overwhelment factor I can sometimes get with my ADHD.
I’ve found that making lists in different color pens and always asking “why” when I’m assessing my patients or giving them meds has helped me play to the strengths of having ADHD and I’ve been able to go from being an ok but sometimes struggling nurse to an AWESOME confident nurse on my new floor
My only regret is that I wish I’d been diagnosed sooner…even though I was considered one of the “smart” people in my class, I never felt that way. I always felt like there was something wrong with me which led to a lot of anxiety and depression in high school and into college. I probably wouldn’t have made it through nursing school without my study groups and all the clinical paperwork was always a bear. It’s like I knew what was going on but couldn’t always write it out correctly the way they wanted it or manage my time effectively. It would’ve made nursing school, clinicals, and starting my first RN job a heck of a lot easier if I’d had the diagnosis/meds. But I guess the past is in the past
Anyone else feel like their potential got a little more unlocked after their diagnosis and treatment? I feel like I finally have answers after years of either failing or feeling like a failure (Jessica’s video on failure literally had me tearing up ) and now I can move forward understanding why I am the way I am and how to help it I haven’t found a lot on the interwebs about nurses with ADHD though, so I’d love to connect if you’re out there!